Kia Ora and greetings from the other side of the world!
Just kidding, I haven’t gone quite that native just yet. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a month now since I boarded a plane at London Heathrow and bade farewell to the UK for a new adventure exploring New Zealand’s wonderful sights and booming food & drink culture.
My first few weeks here have been something of a blur. In between all the sightseeing, switching hostels and sailing with dolphins, I’ve managed to sample a healthy dose of New Zealand’s excellent beer offering (Keep your eyes peeled for a post about Auckland’s scene in the near future). I’ve also made contact with a number of movers and shakers within the industry over here, who will hopefully feature on this site at some point over the coming 12 months.
However, for the time being, I’m delighted to be able to announce that I’ll be staying in Auckland for a little while, and have accepted a job working for 16 Tun, an independent freehouse based in the city’s fashionable Wynyard Quarter. The folks down at 16 Tun were incredibly welcoming on my first evening in Auckland, and were immediately keen to have me on board helping to promote the very best beer New Zealand has to offer.
Initially I held off accepting the role, as I was wary of diving straight into the first job thrown my way, and had planned to get down to Wellington before seeking work over here. However, after a mini-trip up North to the Bay of Islands last week, I have decided to take this opportunity to throw myself headlong into the New Zealand beer industry and get to grips with the breweries, bars, organisations and people behind the scene.
My role at 16 Tun is likely to be split between social media and events promotion, and bartending. This will enable me to utilise my digital skill set and gain some hands-on experience of content curation for an established New Zealand brand. I’m also delighted to be hopping back behind the bar, learning about some of the country’s most exciting breweries, and passing this knowledge onto 16 Tun’s clientele. The bar has a fantastic reputation for service, beer quality and events, and a cracking team that I can’t wait to be a part of.
If you’re passing through Auckland, make sure to pop in for a pint!